Category Archives: News

Italian film festival: Australian cities, 13 Sept – 19 Oct 2016

220px-Perfetti-Sconosciuti-Poster-Locandina-2016How well do we really know those close to us? At a dinner party seven friends decide to find out. Each puts their phone on the table and agrees to make all texts and calls public in an attempt to prove they have nothing to hide… Perfect Strangers, Paolo Genovese’s film which opens the 17th Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Sydney on 13 September, explores what happens. The Film Festival, sponsored by Lavazza and driven by FIAT, will take place in seven Australian cities, 13 Sept – 19 Oct. The details of the films, cities, dates and session times can all be found here.

Tagged ,

Jo-Anne Duggan Prize for 2017: Call for submissions

Revised 2017 Duggan posterACIS is calling for submissions – essay or creative work with exegesis – for the biennial Prize in memory of Jo-Anne Duggan to be awarded in 2017. Jo-Anne was a talented photo-media artist and scholar whose engagement in original ways with Italian culture and history won great admiration. Her work, viewable at The Colour Factory and illustrated by the backdrop to our home page, dealt in particular with Italian Renaissance material culture seen through what she called her ‘postcolonial eye’. The Prize is worth $1000 for the best essay or creative work with exegesis and $250 each for up to two runners-up. It is open to early career researchers, postgraduates and undergraduates from Australia and New Zealand and will be awarded for essays or creative work on a topic which draws on Jo-Anne’s work and inspiration. The deadline for submissions is 3 March 2017Full details on eligibility and submissions, as well as guidelines for creative works and their exegeses, can be found under Prize on the ACIS menu.

Tagged ,


ACIS cropped header

The Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS), supported by the Cassamarca Foundation (Treviso), is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth A$6,000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2017. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship which honours the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy. Details of eligibility and the application procedure are available here, accompanied by guidelines for describing projects. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 October 2016.


Scrivere di là dal cuore: remembering Giorgio Bassani

giorgio_bassani_0The centenary of the birth of the novelist and poet Giorgio Bassani (1916-2000) is being marked in Sydney and Brisbane with talks by Anna Dolfi (Università degli Studi di Firenze) organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. On 14 Sept, 4.15-5.30pm, she will present ‘Giorgio Bassani: scrivere “di là dal cuore”‘ at the University of Sydney (details here). On 15 Sept, 6-8.30pm at the IIC (Level 4, 125 York Street, Sydney) she will talk on The Garden of the Finzi Contini: prologue and epilogue, the birth of a novel (bookings required here). On 16 Sept, 6.30-8.00pm at the Dante Alighieri Society, Brisbane (26 Gray St, New Farm), in collaboration with Griffith University, she will discuss Giorgio Bassani: geometrie e forme della scrittura (bookings essential here).


Position in Italian Studies at Monash

monash-university-logoMonash University is advertising a one-year full-time Assistant Lectureship in Italian Studies at its Clayton campus to be taken up by 1 February 2017. The details of the position and links to the application procedure can be found here. The closing date for applications is Sunday 28 August 2016.

Tagged ,

Spunti e Ricerche, vol. 30, 2015

Spunti cover 2015The publication of vol. 30 (2015) of Spunti e Ricerche, ‘The Shaping of Memory’, is imminent. It contains articles by Mirna Cicioni (Telescopes, Microscopes and Film Reels: Memory and History in Three Testimonies of Jewish Childhoods in Italy, 1938-45), Rossella Riccobono (‘Il filo di Arianna’: La stanza del figlio and the Healing Value of Nanni Moretti’s Cinema of Poetry), Sergio Russo (Un’indagine nella memoria: Per una lettura de Il soffio della valanga di Santo Piazzese), Sonia Floriani (Verso la costruzione di una memoria postcoloniale italiana? Linee di analisi fra letteratura e sociologia) and Maria Sergi (From Raw Emotions to Narrative Transformations: A psychoanalytic interpretation of the horse trope in Gianna Manzini’s narrative), plus book reviews by Patrizia Sambuco, Stephen Kolsky, Michela Barisonzi, Brian Zuccala and Antonio Pagliaro. For information on how to order a copy contact Antonio Pagliaro.

Tagged , , , , , ,

University Languages Portal Australia

mcvid_youtube_EnPIjgQal_Y_300University Languages Portal Australia (ULPA) was launched at the LCNAU Colloquium in November 2015. This national languages portal is designed for both the secondary and tertiary sectors and for language teachers and students alike. It enables users to find out which languages are taught at which universities in Australia, along with information on cross-institutional enrolment, whether languages can be studied online and the value of learning languages. While ULPA focuses particularly on languages offered at beginner level, information is also included for secondary students keen to continue on with their language studies at university. Click on the icon above for a presentation on what ULPA has to offer.   Continue reading

Tagged , ,

Leaves of the Tree

-1The award-winning film Leaves of the Tree will be screened in the Melbourne World International Film Festival at the Reading Cinemas in Dandenong Plaza on Friday 4 December at 5pm (bookings can be made here). The film, adapted by David Healey from his novel Kindness for the Damned: A Novella of Intrigue, Love and Redemption in Sicily, is set in Sicily (Segesta, Erice, Castellammare del Golfo) and tells the story of a sick man, a once-powerful lawyer sidelined by a life-threatening disease, who follows a doctor to a remote area in the island’s northwest in search of a mystical tree that supposedly has amazing healing powers. David Healey would be happy to be contacted by anyone interested in learning more about the film.

Tagged ,

New Honorary Research Associates

ACIS cropped header

ACIS is very pleased that Josh Brown and Alessandro Carrieri have accepted appointments as Honorary Research Associates. Dr Brown has interests in language in both historical and contemporary contexts. Using materials from the archives of merchants, he has analysed variations in language use in 14thC and 15thC Milan; he has written on the life and letters of a cardinal in mid-19thC Western Australia; and he has explored factors in Italian language enrolments in current tertiary education. Dr Carrieri, whose doctoral research was on music, memory and resistance among Jewish musicians in concentration camps and ghettos, has been a Visiting Research Fellow in Holocaust Studies at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (Monash). His current research concerns the history of the persecution and expulsion of Italian Jewish musicians and composers from conservatories and theatres during Fascist rule; he has recently organised a conference in Trieste on that topic.

Tagged , , ,

ACIS Cassamarca scholarships for postgraduate research in Italy in 2016

ACIS cropped header

ACIS is offering UP TO THREE scholarships worth $5000 each to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university with the opportunity to work on a research project in Italy in 2016. For one of the awards, the Dino De Poli Scholarship honouring the President of the Cassamarca Foundation, preference may be given to applications for research on any aspect of the culture, history and society of North East Italy. The scholarships are available to students who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand, will be enrolled, full-time or part-time, in Master by research or PhD degrees in a university in Australia or New Zealand in 2016 and will be engaged in research projects in any of the following areas of Italian Studies: archaeology and classical antiquities, language, literature, culture, history, politics and society, including migration studies. Full details of the awards and guidance for writing a research proposal can be found on the pages under Scholarships on the main menu above. The closing date for applications is FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015.